Cars That Go Boom: On The Set of Mike Jones’ “My 64″ Video

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It’s early in the morning, but heavy bass is booming across a sunny street corner near Chesterfield Square Park in South Central, Los Angeles. The filming of the video for Mike Jones’ “My 64″ is underway. An orange candy-painted Impala courtesy of the Majestics Car Club bounces wildly and Jones begins rapping: “First I lean wid it then I rock wid it/ I got a candy apple drop with a glock in it!”

Eric “Lil’ E” Wright, the spitting image of his legendary father, rolls around the set on a lowrider bicycle, sun glinting off his enormous Prince Of Compton medallion. As director John “Dr. Teeth” Tucker repositions his camera, Jones takes a moment to explain why he chose to film the video in Los Angeles.

“I got love for L.A. because L.A. showed me the most love with Who Is Mike Jones?,” explains the affable Houstonite. “They bought the most records. So I thought, ‘How can I do a song and still show where I’m from but show love for the West Coast?’ So I put the 84s on the 64, and that showed Houston and Cali coming together. We got Snoop Dogg on this track, he gave us that vouch, because I had to get somebody that’s from here that knows about the 64 better than us.”

Produced by Salih Williams (“Back Then,” “Still Tippin’”), “My 64″ sports a chorus that samples Eazy E’s classic “Boyz In Tha Hood.” As Mike explains to XXLMag.com, “I told Salih that L.A. was the market that showed me the most love. Next thing, he told me, ‘I made something for ya! This gonna be one where we put “Still Tippin’” in a chokehold!’ See, I’m a fan of Eazy-E, N.W.A, Dre, Cube, all them. So it just went perfectly. What I loved about Eazy was he ain’t have to be all flashy, he just be regular. He showed you could have fans that could get with you and be loyal without you having to have all the bling on all the time. That’s why even on my set in this scene I’m all regular, not crazy iced out.”

The song also features verses from Snoop Dogg and Bun B, both of whom appeared later in the day in a secret warehouse in downtown L.A. to film their parts. (Footage of that sequence is viewable at www.myspace.com/mikejones). “I want people to know we’re showing love with the 64, love for Los Angeles,” Mike says. “And the swangers from Texas, we here too.” “My 64″ is the second single from Mike Jones’ The American Dream album, due July 10.

  • j.rock

    1st>>>>>bitches.That what it do.You can’t talk about 64 riding without snoop and/or dre and probably game.64 riding is L.A. shit.much love west coast from the heart of the country.

  • outya’self…do it now!!

    this becuz’ that other shit was whack!

  • bigdick

    j.rock ur a pussy

  • EReal

    FLOP.

    PLOP.

    1 hunned.

  • HollyHood

    The song is cool, but mike jones 15 minutes has come and gone. Nice try, try actting

  • bash

    nice beat.
    Bun B killed it tho

  • http://xxlmag.com King

    I’ll have to say number 1

  • i’ll shit bag u

    who…..hhahaaa

  • Jayslay

    I’ll i have to say is, take Mike Jones off his own track and then it’s a hit. Jus Bun B and Snoop. Jones is wack. Better trade in that big ass stupid chain for some funds cuz i don’t see any coming in in the future for this guy.

  • CALI BOY

    MUCH LUV TO MY HOUSTON FOLKS, THATS LIKE MY SECOND HOME TEXASSSSSSS

  • bootlegger

    that shit is tight anyone want the whole cd for half price i got the hookup!!!!!!
    holla at a niggggga.

  • King

    wooooooooooooooooooooowwww

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  • Mpho

    Dike Jones will FLOP worse than Paul Wall mark my words nobody is fallin for the same gimick again… it still puzzles how the fuck he managed to sell a million cd’s of the crap he put out in the 1st place… it jus shows how smart these southern cats whoever baught tht crap are… Fuck this no talent rappin ass nigga man..

  • Smitty Pt3

    fuck mike jones, you wanna know whos tha truth? ME, smitty pt3, fuck everyone else

  • http://outlawz_585hotmail.com M.C

    FInally niggaz are starting to realize why NAS is saying hip hop is dead–lol–Niggaz don’t spit no more–Most of that down south sht is garbs–exception of scarface/outkast/T.I and a few others—That mike jones dude is a gimmick””why are you talking about your 64–let me feel you on a southern level leave the LOW lOWs for the west kidd…niggaz is trash i can’t say it planner than that…lol

  • Grape Street Thug

    outya’self…do it now!! Says:

    May 3rd, 2007 at 2:17 pm
    this becuz’ that other shit was whack!
    ———————————–

    What other shit?

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    Wanna here some real heat comin from Texas!!!
    check out…
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